Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. An author of 12 books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child’s Play, Learning, & Development Lab, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language and much else about their world.
Guided play advances cognitive skills like language and reading, as well as social skills like emotion regulation.
In the last 20 years, advances in the sciences of infant development have allowed us to view the processes of early word learning for the first time.
Investment in early childhood is a moral imperative that also saves society from 7 to 14 dollars for every dollar spent.
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Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D.

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff holds the Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in the School of Education at the University of Delaware and is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics. An author of 12 books and numerous professional articles, she founded and directs the Child’s Play, Learning, & Development Lab, whose goal it is to understand how children tackle the amazing feat of learning language and much else about their world.

Announcing the QUILS™

QUICK INTERACTIVE LANGUAGE SCREENER

Funded by the Institute for Education Sciences with a grant to Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jill deVilliers, Aquiles Iglesias, and Mary Wilson, Brooks Publishing has brought out our new language screener, developed to find children (ages 3 through 5) with potential language problems. As language is fundamental to children’s success in school and in life, we hope it will be adopted by schools to find children with potential language issues who might linger unnoticed in classrooms. It can be administered on any touchscreen tablet or computer and identifies children for referral. QUILS™ has a monolingual English version and a forthcoming version for children learning both English and Spanish (the QUILS: ES).

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Roberta's work appears in news publications around the world.
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  • Should Kids Have Cell Phones? Experts Pick Sides

    [WalletHub]

    Just as we have rules for watching media and playing video games, we can have rules for cell phone usage. Discussing these with children and occasionally negotiating too, helps them develop the internal regulation they need for when you are not around.

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  • University of Delaware Presidential Inauguration Academic Symposium

    [UDaily]

    Roberta was invited to speak at the inauguration of the new University of Delaware president, Dennis Assanis, on December 7th, 2016. The academic symposium, titled “Ideas that Dare to Change the World,” featured five speakers who highlighted the diverse and groundbreaking research conducted at the University. Roberta was accompanied by several members of her lab.

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  • Good math skills begin at home

    [ The Philadelphia Inquirer]

    Early math needs to be promoted in the same way that early language and emergent literacy have been promoted over the past decades. We need to foster the ABCs and the 1, 2, 3s (and higher) […]

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  • An Oasis of Bipartisan Support: Why Early-Childhood Ed Matters

    [Education Week]

    Access to universal Pre-K, while critical in early childhood education — is not enough to raise floor for every child.  With overwhelming public support and political will, it is time to move the needle further 1) by insisting that the programs be of high quality, 2) by demanding that we support families with children from […]

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Some of Roberta's books include:

  • QUILS:
    Quick Interactive Language Screener
  • Becoming Brilliant:
    What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children
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  • A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool:
    Presenting the Evidence
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  • Einstein Never Used Flash Cards:
    How Our Children Really Learn-- and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
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  • Play = Learning:
    How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
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